How I Start The Day – Dilly Dilly

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Every morning I wake up between 4 am and 5 am and immediately go to my bible app and see what the verse is for the day. As silly as it may sound to some, I see that as God’s way of speaking to me before I interact with anyone. (Except my cats, I have to feed them before I do anything or they will seek a plan of attack on me and my feet.)

I am a spiritual person. I believe in God and I believe in his miracles. I have witnessed too many not to believe.  I know the whole “God” thing is not everyone’s cup of tea, so I am not a Bible pusher or one of those “salty” Christians. You know the ones I am talking about, where everything is done for the Lord and if you don’t believe or agree with their views than you will be cast into the pit of misery? (Dilly, dilly. Sorry, I could not resist.)

I am not in a religion, I simply have a relationship with Christ just like any other relationship in my life. It’s not hard. There isn’t a ton of steps you have to follow to be accepted into the club. You don’t have to be miraculous or saintly.  You don’t have to be prefect. In fact, if you are flawed, broken and messed up, it’s even better. All you have to do is believe Jesus died on the cross for your sin. And three days later he rose from the dead. That’s it. It sounds freaky, I know, but at the same time kind of cool. Once you have let Jesus in your life, really cool things happen. Not right away. It’s not like you ask God to be part of your life and a flash of lighting strikes your body and you change. Well, I guess it could happen, I mean hello…it’s God. But just like any relationship, as it grows you become closer and learn to trust.

This post is not a push Jesus down your throat, it is just my way of expressing my love for Christ. I am not going to judge or dislike you if you disagree with my beliefs. If I did, I would a hypocrite and this post would be a complete lie. And that’s not cool.

Apparently the word of the day is cool because I have overused it in this post.

And if you were wondering what the verse of the day is…..

But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. 
Psalms 33:18

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Daily Prompt: Trance

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With all this hype about the eclipse happening tomorrow, I feel like the uncool kid because I find myself not interested.

I have never been into astrology. I think the stars are pretty and I can find the Big Dipper, but that is about it. I remember when Pluto wasn’t considered a planet and I felt like everything I learned in school was a lie. Then it was reinstated as a planet and I was more confused.

Anything I know about our solar system comes from 4th grade and what I learned watching The Big Bang Theory. When my 7-year-old son asked me what the solar eclipse was, I had to Google.

So what I learned is tomorrow’s sky event is considered a total solar eclipse. The moon will pass between the earth and the sun casting a shadow on the planet. I’m guessing making it look like night for a few minutes?

I can see why this is considered a major event because I guess the last time the whole U.S. could see the total solar eclipse from coast to coast was back in 1918. I bet they thought it was the end of the world. Could you imagine going about your day like normal and then pow…complete darkness not knowing how long it would last?

In 1970 a total solar eclipse hit from Florida to Virginia and was total darkness for over three minutes. Hawaii got to experience a total solar eclipse in 1991, but the U.S. mainland hasn’t seen a total solar eclipse since 1979 where it went from Oregon, Washington state, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota. That was also a good year because that was the year I was born. Chuckle, chuckle.

Tomorrow parts of the U.S. will be at a stand still. I just picture thousands of people standing around outside, wearing those solar glasses (that have become the “Tickle Me Elmo” of today.) looking up at the sky like they are in some trance.

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The eclipse is supposed to be seen in my area, Kansas, around 1:10 p.m. My son will be able to see it at school. I signed the permission slip stating if he blows out a retina it is not their responsibility. They are providing the solar glasses, so that’s cool. I will be at work during the eclipse. I might need to set an alarm on my phone to remember it is happening. However, I don’t have a pair of those glasses, so I will probably watch online.

If you happen to miss this eclipse, the next one in the U.S. will be on April 8, 2024. It can be seen from Texas up through the Midwest. It will be a complete blackout almost directly over Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo and up to New England. You might want to go ahead and book your hotel now.

For those of you that are pumped for the solar eclipse tomorrow, right on! I hope you enjoy it to the fullest. May it be the best two or so minutes of your life. I hope there are no clouds in the sky. Just remember to keep your eyes safe.

Prompt: Trance

Life is tough my darling, but so are you

Life is tough my darling, but so are you. Stephanie Bennett-Henry

You never know how tough and strong you can be until you have a sick child. You want to run and hide. You get angry. You scream. You cry. You feel helpless. You feel fear. You don’t understand all the big medical words.

Confusion sets in. You feel small, helpless, weak.

You fall to your knees. You look to the sky. You pray.

You find strength. You find hope. You find understanding. You find peace.

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Daily Prompt – Competitive

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I am very competitive. I do like the feeling of winning something. From a game to an argument, winning and being competitive sparks a fire inside my soul.

My biggest competitor is actually myself. I compete with myself or than any one. I set expectations for myself and if I don’t reach them, I feel lousy and worthless.

I find it hard to relax as well. I can’t sit still until I have everything checked off my imaginary to-do list.

Do you every find that you compete with yourself?